Sawali is the craft of weaving split bamboo into mats typically seen in nipa hut walls. Today the mats are used for various other purposes, such as flooring or for wall décor, symbolizing a stylish cultured appreciation. It is also popular for multi purpose baskets and handbags. With the abundance of bamboo resources, Sawali is an inexpensive craft that produces durable goods. It is a popular cottage industry in rural areas of the Philippines, like Taal. With the townspeople specializing in embroideries, Taaleño Sawali can be expected to be of excellent quality!